Here's the syllabus and links as of 17 July, 2014
The lecture meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 - 10:30 AM in Benson Earth Sciences (BESC) Rm 185.
This syllabus is provisional and will evolve during the semester. There is a set of links to my html lecture notes for each lecture. In addition, there is a link to the Power Point lecture notes for each lecture. The Power Point notes are subject to change right up to the time of the lecture. Initially, these are the Power Point notes from last year's course.
This year we are incorporating the use of Clickers and will try to also incorporate many of the principles of the CU Science Education Initiative. So you will need to bring your clicker to class.
The recommended text is Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy by Dyar, Gunter, and Tasa. The text is available from the Mioneralogical Society of America in paper or electronic. I will collect a group order the first week of class.
There are four laboratory sections offered this semester. Laboratory sections meet in BESC 455. There will be no lab sessions the first week.
Dates Lecture Subject
Aug.26 Mineral Definition PowerPoint Lecture
Sept. 2 Chemical Classification of Minerals PowerPoint Lab 1: Physical Properties
Sept. 9 Crystal Systems & Classes Power Point Lecture Lab 2: Field Trip
Sept. 11 Point Groups Lecture
Sept. 16 Point Groups PowerPoint Lab 3 Point Groups (Blocks I)
Sept. 18 Space Groups PowerPoint
Sept. 23 Crystal Structures, Lab 4 (Blocks II)
Sept. 25 Structure and stoichiometry
Sept. 30 X-rays & powder diffraction Power Point Lab 5 (Structure Drawing I)
Oct. 2 Density and X-ray Diffraction Power Point
Oct. 7 Test 1 1-4 Test1Answer s Lab 6 X-rays I (XPOW Calculation)
Oct. 14 Intro Optics- Microscope, isotropic minerals Power Point Lab 7 X-rays II (XPOW Calculation)
Oct. 16 Birefringence & Pleochroism
Oct. 21 The Indicatrix Power Point Lab 8. Lab Exam
Oct.23 Biaxial Interference figures
Oct. 28 Biaxial Indicatrix Lab 9. The Petrographic Microscope
Nov. 4 Lab 10. Isotropic Minerals
Nov. 6 Phase Diagrams Lecture Notes Phase Diagrams
Nov. 11 TEST 2 11. Uniaxial Minerals
Sample Class TEST II Take-home test due
Nov. 13 Systematic Mineralogy Native Elements Lecture Notes Native elements
Nov. 18 Natives and Halides Lecture Notes Halides Lab. BiaxialMinerals
Nov. 20 Sulfides Lecture Notes Sulfides
Research Paper Due
Nov 25-29 Fall Break
Dec. 9 Sulfates & PhosphatesLecture Notes Sulfates
DEC 15 Monday 1:30 PM (13:30) FINAL EXAM